Most people come to Trujillo to experience the amazing ruins of Chan Chan and/or the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. But the colonial heart of the city’s historic core is equally worthy of a visitor’s attention.
Trujillo was founded by Spanish conquistadors in 1534 and rapidly became the most important coastal city in Northern Peru. Today it competes with Arequipa for the title of Peru’s second largest city after Lima.
The buildings in the small colonial heart of Trujillo were mostly built by families grown rich on sugar cane and trading. Thankfully, good preservation and recent renovations mean that many of them retain a lot of their original character.
Personally, there were two things that particularly struck me while walking around Trujillo’s historic centre. Firstly, there were the vibrant colours, authentic to when the buildings were first constructed in colonial times. Secondly, there were all the wonderfully ornate windows, doors and entranceways.
Thanks to Lina of TrujilloDelPeru.Com for introducing us to Trujillo’s historic streets.
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